The Real Skinny On Roosevelt Elk Hunting


Published: June - 1998

While the range of Roosevelt elk is more limited than the Rocky Mountain subspecies, there are hunting seasons in California, Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska. Among the areas where Roosevelt elk can be hunted, Oregon is the undisputed leader, having produced 17 of the top 25 Boone & Crockett bulls, and more than 8,000 elk every year. Moreover, a good percentage of the elk killed in Oregon are taken on public lands, or at least on private lands (mostly timber company holdings) that are open to hunting. Furthermore, rifle bull elk tags for the so-called "Coast Bull Elk" seasons - which run from November 14 to 18 and from November 21 to 29 - are sold over-the-counter for nine different wildlife units in western Oregon. Permits may be purchased until the day before each season opener. Non-residents pay $291 for the elk tag, plus $53 for a hunting license.

While all this sounds good, it should be pointed out that Roosevelt elk hunting is a tough proposition at best. Most good bulls inhabit steep, brushy and difficult-to-reach areas. Overall, hunting success in Oregon for bulls averaged 12 percent in 1997, but success in the Coast Bull Elk units is generally lower than that. Among these units, the most consistent in 1997 were the Wilson Unit (399 bulls harvested and 10 percent hunter success); the Trask Unit (376 bulls were bagged and eight percent hunter success); and the Alsea Unit (484 bulls were harvested for a 13 percent hunter success rate). Many self-guided hunters concentrate their efforts on the 630,000-acre Siuslaw National Forest, which lies mostly in the Alsea and Siuslaw units, both of which are open to general-season hunters. If you choose to hunt in Siuslaw National Forest, be careful not to go too far south, or you will leave the general season Coast Bull Elk area.

Other public hunting opportunities for Coast Bull Elk hunters are available on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. For example, 75,000 acres of BLM land in the Tillamook Resource Area are intermingled in a checkerboard pattern with the........(continued)

 
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